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We’ve all lost lens caps; and despite the fact that we end up finding them later on they can be kind of annoying due to just how easily they seem to outright get up and walk away from us. But a new Kickstarter for the HACKxTACK is looking to make sure that you’ll never lose one again.

The system works through the use of magnets.

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Since 2011, film enthusiasts from all over the globe have been patiently waiting for the commercial release of the New55 film, a 4×5 black and white instant film that produces both a negative and a positive print much like Fujifilm’s FP-3000B peel-apart.

The project, led by Bob Crowley of Ashland, MA, has suffered a number of delays and setbacks. Since the start of this year, however, the team has gotten back on track and is now running at full speed – the film community will be pleased to know that the film is ready for production.

Well, almost. First, they need our help. Crowley and his team have taken to crowdfunding so they can finally mass-produce the New55 film, which they need a lot of money for – $400,000 to be exact. So far they’ve gotten less than $27,000 worth of pledges. Unfortunately, if the funding falls short, we may never get to see this exciting new film in the market. Fortunately, their Kickstarter project still has 42 days to go. That’s plenty of time to raise a few hundred thousand dollars, right?

Whether or not you love film, if you’re interested in doing your part in actualizing this project, visit their Kickstarter page and back it up. A pledge of $75 will get you a box of the New55 First Edition while a $750 pledge will get you 10. They also have some sample shots and information about the manufacturing details on there too.

To know more about the New55 film, follow this link. And check out their Kickstarter video after the jump for a preview.

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Here’s a new Kickstarter project that might tickle your fancy – London-based VU Equipment has designed a simple and modern yet functional camera slingstrap that’s supposedly easier and more convenient to use than the other existing slingstraps in the market. They are calling it the Slidestrap.

The main claim of the Slidestrap is that it supposedly allows you to easily bring your camera up to eye level without the constant adjustment of the strap but also lets you carry around your precious equipment close to your body so that it doesn’t bounce around. You simply mount your camera to the strap’s anodized aircraft-grade aluminum mounting plate with a rubber padding that keeps your camera from constantly slipping and it’s good to go. It has no buckle adjustments that to deal with between carrying the camera and taking photos and it keeps it steady, with lens pointing towards the ground, to avoid accidental knocks on your camera when you’re walking around.

Made in Britain, VU Equipment promises an affordable product made from high quality materials and with a stylish and functional design. Currently, the Slingstrap comes in either cream or black on brown leather devoid of any massive corporate logo prints, just a small subtle VU logo on one end.

The company just launched the Kickstarter campaign to help them with the production of these straps. If you’re interested in the product or would like to help them reach their goal, then stop by their campaign page for more details. In the meantime, learn more about the Slingstrap by watching the video after the jump.

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Meet the revival of the camera obscura, which we hope as photographers you already know is the great-grandfather of cameras. It’s a beautiful maple (or walnut) hardwood-built 6-inch-cubed 33-oz goodness that features a spherical 38mm glass lens and a 5-square-inch ground viewing glass.

Now meet its revivalist, Les Cookson of Lincoln, CA. He’s been building camera obscuras, camera lucidas, and zoetropes for different individuals and institutions for several years now. Last year, he has successfully raised the funds for his zoetrope-revival project. Today, he is asking for our help once again.

He and Ken Higginson just started a Kickstarter project together to help fund the resurrection of the camera obscura for use in the general public – in art, in photography, in cinematography, or if you prefer, in home décor. And they’re offering more than Thank You postcards, bracelets from some obscure Tibetan town, or a measly discount for the products in exchange for your support. For pledges starting at $59, you guys will get either your very own camera obscura or its DIY kit (basically made from the same materials, just unassembled) version, plus a few extras depending on how much you’re pledging.

They’ve just made their pledge goal but you’ve still got 6 days left if you’re interested owning one of these wooden babies. Cookson promises quality materials and professional woodworking on every single one of the units they produce and he comes with the National Gallery of Art’s seal of approval (he built 30 camera obscuras for them for their Johannes Vermeer workshop) so we think this project is promising. Why don’t you go check out the details for yourself on their Kickstarter page?

Via Photography Blog


Light painting has become somewhat of a trend in recent years, and the tools used are as diverse as the subjects in the images. From abstract paintings that contain little more than streaks of light, to renderings of actual objects such as cars, to the enhancement of portraits with an LED torch – anything is possible.

That’s what the guys from Wave Gap Labs thought when they set out to create a simple, easy-to-use and affordable light painting accessory. Travis Stevens and Jamie MacDonald, who have been doing light painting for a couple of years, were unhappy with the solutions available on the market, so they decided to come up with their own product. The result is the Litebrush, which is now up on Kickstarter for crowdfunding.

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There are lots of accessories out there that promise that they’ll take your pop-up flash’s light and make it look more professional. The newest (and perhaps the most complicated) addition to the bunch is called the Flekt. The accessory seems to work in almost the same way that a beauty dish does. To lay that out a bit more: your pop-up flash is a direct lighting source. The direct light is placed inside a small dish that reflects the light output back onto a panel. This way the light is being reflected and then bounced forward onto your subject.

Given the design, we also expect it to act like a beauty dish–which means that there is a range at which this would best be used.

The Kickstarter launches today: January 24th. And the video is after the jump.

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